Click the image at the right to view an introductory video on the assessment of Life/Career competencies.
Teachers facilitate student learning with feedback and grades. Following are suggestions for improving feedback, use of rubrics and grading practices to enhance learning in Life/Career competencies.
Providing Feedback with Rubrics
An excellent article on feedback is “Seven Keys to Effective Feedback” by Robert Marzano
How Do Rubrics Help? Is an overview of using rubrics for assessing team project with sample rubrics.
Edutopia’s Assessment Professional Development Guide explains the benefits of using rubrics, describes different types of rubrics and describes assessment practices at several middle schools.
Blogger Andrew Miller shares his suggestions on creating high-quality rubrics in Tame the Beast: Tips for Designing and Using Rubrics.
Designing Rubrics from the Teaching Channel describes factors to take into account in designing rubrics and the benefits of having students work together to do a mid-project rubric review.
The MiddleWeb online site has loads of resources targeting Middle-Level Schools. The section on All About Rubrics has many links with Middle Level in mind.
Noted assessment expert, Grant Wiggins in How to Create a Rubric That Does What You Want It To, cautions about getting carried away with rubrics that stifle high-quality work.
In the video Speed Up Grading with Rubric Codes, Jennifer Gonzalez explains how to use rubric codes to speed up the process of providing students with written feedback.
PBLWorks, formerly the Buck Institute has rubrics that can be used to assess project-based learning; they even have a rubric for rubrics that can help you avoid common pitfalls when creating rubrics.
How to Increase the Quality of Your Feedback shares a few key techniques for feedback, such as specificity and timeliness. However, the research also indicates some risk factors for feedback.
From Rubrics to Grades explains how do you turn an effective rubric into a fair grade? Jennifer Gonzalez takes you through the process step-by-step.
The Case Against Averages by Rick Wormeli argues against averaging grades; after all, we ultimately need to know whether a particular student can write a personal essay or give a speech, not just how they stack up against their classmates.
Digital Assessment Tools
A demonstration video by Jay Atwood explains how Google Classroom teachers can use Goobric, a Chrome extension, in conjunction with Doctopus to facilitate the process of scoring student work with rubrics.
Canvas is a popular Learning Management System. Even if your schools do not subscribe to Canvas, you can set up a course to assess student work. TheCanvas Instructor Guidehas a section on Rubrics and embedding rubrics to grade them online. Sometimes student work is not in the form of a paper. Canvas LMS allows students to submit a video of their project and the teacher use the embedded rubric to grade student work and give students feedback.